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Wazir Kale, better known as The Maelstrom or The Ghost, is a supporting antagonist in HITMAN 2 (2018), appearing as the titular main antagonist and one of the three targets of the latter's fourth story mission "Chasing a Ghost".
The legendary pirate captain known as the Maelstrom was once a street orphan born in the Bombay slums. Part of the street gang known as the Crows, Wazir Kale worked his way up and become their leader, growing a reputation as fearless and protective.
One night, the Mumbai Mafia cracked down hard on his gang, effectively disbanding it. Afterwards, Kale was recruited into the Mafia and worked his way up to the top. Then, seeking revenge for his gang, he assassinated the Mafia bosses and fled Mumbai.
Not long after, while roaming Asia, Kale formed a pirate crew and reinvented himself as "The Maelstrom", who would be the scourge of the shipping industry for years to come.
The Maelstrom's crew targeted commercial ships in the South China Sea, stealing fuel and selling it on the black market. The stress of constantly being on the run and having to uphold his reputation took a toll on the Maelstrom's sanity.
The final blow came after the failed raid on a Hamsun Oil Freighter, resulting in the deaths of many of his crew. Then emerged a darker figure, who wanted nothing but to destroy the rich Westerners who had torn apart his crew.
The Maelstrom was noted of a worthy cause by a crew member (presumably Maya Parvati), to the mysterious Lucas Grey, a revolutionary battling Providence. The Maelstrom saw a chance to continue his legacy and seized it.
Wazir Kale's bloody, brutal reputation precedes him. A ruthless modern-day pirate, he had terrorized the South China Sea until his fall in 2014. Beloved by some citizens, despised by others, he is the stuff of legend in the Mumbai slums.
The man himself is surprisingly nuanced. Unassumingly dressed and polite, Kale seems content to blend into a normal life in the slums. Nevertheless, he is shown to still be ruthless when needed, ordering contracts on his childhood friends Vanya Shah and Dawood Rangan.
- The word "Maelstrom" refers to a giant whirlpool, which is fitting for a feared pirate captain such as himself.